Fireweed 7 Cinemas

661 E. Fireweed Lane,
Anchorage, AK 99503

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Previously operated by: Act III Theatres, Lathrop Co., Luxury Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Wometco Theatres

Firms: WPH Architecture, Inc.

Previous Names: Fireweed Theatre, Fireweed 1 & 2, Fireweed 3, Fireweed 8

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Fireweed 7 Cinemas

The 1,526-seat Fireweed Theatre opened with July Andrews in “Mary Poppins” on June 24, 1965. It was taken over by Wometco in 1968. It was twinned on February 12, 1971 and was expanded to three screens on November 2, 1979. In 1984 it was expanded to eight screens.

Operated by Regal, the Fireweed Theatre, which was built next to the former site of the Sundowner Drive-In (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures), became a seven-screen first-run theatre in 1987. It was renovated by WPH Architecture Inc.

It was closed on June 6, 2010.

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rivest266 on March 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Anchorage newspaper archive is at View link

Coate on April 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

<<< 1971 taken over by Womecto >>>

From this point until 1984 it was promoted as “Wometco-Lathrop.”

<<< 1980 Three cinemas >>>

Conversion to triplex took place in 1979.

<<< 1986 expanded to seven cinemas >>>

Expansion was to eight screens, not seven.

CSWalczak on June 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm

According to this news item the Fireweed will be closing as of June 6, 2010, in the wake of the opening a new Regal megaplex:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Mike thanks for the archives.enjoyed looking at those ads.

btmeacham on June 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

The Fireweed is now officially closed. It went out with a whimper, screening the Miley Cyrus film “The Last Song.”

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

June 7 1990 these movies are playing at the FIREWEED CINEMAS.
“TOTAL RECALL” {no passes}
"CADILLAC MAN” {no passes]

An ACT III theatre in 1990.
FIREWEED was also selling “DICK TRACY” Ticket T-Shirts to see the new “DICK TRACY” movie, Sold them at Fireweed and Totem Cinemas.

sconn on October 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Saw Raiders of the Lost Ark on my parent’s wedding anniversary, Empire Strikes Back, and Ghostbusters twice (the next year on a double-bill with the premiere of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) here.

rivest266 on February 5, 2023 at 5:36 pm

rewritten by Chat GPT with new info:

The Fireweed opened in 1964 with 1,526 seats and showed “Mary Poppins.” In 1968, Wometco took over and it became the largest Wometco theater ever. On February 12, 1971, the theater was divided into 2 screens by putting a wall down the middle to create two narrow screens. on November 2nd, 1979, it had expanded to 3 cinemas. Luxury Theatres took over in 1984 and expanded it to 8 cinemas in 1986. One screen was closed in 1987, untwinned, and reopened with 1,200 seats on November 25th. The big screen was certified for THX on June 20, 1988. ACT III took over in 1989 and it was later acquired by Regal Cinemas in 1998. The Fireweed cinema closed on June 6, 2010.

MSC77 on March 7, 2023 at 10:38 am

A chronology of Anchorage’s 70mm presentations history has recently been published. The Fireweed gets some mentions in the piece.

rivest266 on March 31, 2024 at 6:36 pm

Opened June 24th, 1965 with “Mary Poppins”. Grand opening ad posted.

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